- For the Italian racing driver, see Vincenzo Sospiri.
Elgar originally intended it for violin and piano, as a companion piece to Salut d'Amour and had in mind the title Soupir d'Amour (French for "Sigh of Love"). While composing it, however, he realised that he was writing something more intense, and so chose an Italian word, sospiri, meaning "sighs".
Adagio 4/4 d minor
After the introduction of two bars, a melancholic melody is played by the first violin (Excerpt 1).
The other subject is displayed more passionately (Excerpt 2).
Excerpt 2[n 1]
Excerpt 1 reappears, followed by dying end in the harmony of F major.
Notes & references
- A grace note appeared in third bar should be slashed.
- Score, Elgar: Sospiri, Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig, 1914
- Sospiri, Op. 70 on the site of the Elgar Society
- "Sospiri, Op. 70" by Edward Elgar, with Sol Gabetta and the Danmarks Radio SymfoniOrkestret, at youtube.com
- Sospiri: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
- Sospiri at AllMusic
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